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Vajra Bell - Winter 2015

Vajra Bell - Winter 2015

By Rijupatha on Wed, 31 Dec, 2014 - 20:38In this issue of the Vajra Bell Newsletter:

Adhisthana: A New Home for the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community

“Stupa-fied: Inspiration Arises from Sacred Space” – by Barry Timmerman

Upcoming Retreats and Classes at Aryaloka

“Reflecting on an Introduction to Noble Silence Retreat” – by David Watt

Updates from the new Spiritual Vitality Council and Board of Directors

Sangha Notes from Aryaloka, Nagaloka, Portsmouth, Montana, Portsmouth, NYC and Concord

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Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Buddhist Voices - Triratna America 2014

By Manidha on Wed, 24 Sep, 2014 - 13:36
A great conversation with six members of the Triratna Buddhist Order from North America at the end of their bi-annual Convention. Karunadevi, Amala, Suddhayu, Viradhamma, and Rijupatha all join our host Manidha for a round-table discussion of what it means to be part of Triratna on this continent in 2014.

Some thoughtful recollections from the early days in the mid-’80s meet a wonderful sense of optimism and gratitude from the present as we consider conditions for practice in the...
Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Buddhist Voices - Suryadhamma from Cambridge, Massachusetts

By Candradasa on Sun, 21 Sep, 2014 - 14:33
A fascinating set of tales from Suriyadhamma from his many years worth of Buddhist practice. Taking us from his first encounters with the writings of Alan Watts in the ’60s through his long discipleship with Chogyam Trungpa and eventual membership of the Triratna Buddhist Order itself. And a wonderful insight into practice for someone who has lost his sight and finds light and joy all around him, especially through meditation. Suriyadhamma’s is a compelling and encouraging voice.

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Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Buddhist Voices - Aryadrishti from Portland, Oregon

By Manidha on Sat, 20 Sep, 2014 - 13:33
In today’s Buddhist Voices podcast we meet Aryadrishti, courageously pioneering with a brand new Buddhist Center in Portland, Oregon, in the far west of the United States. We hear about the challenges she faces in building a community, and some of the innovative ways she’s adopted for a very particular kind of American context. Having started out alone this is a great glimpse into the early days of a new sangha and the rewards that come...
Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Buddhist Voices - Dayamati from New Mexico

By Candradasa on Fri, 19 Sep, 2014 - 14:01
The first of our Buddhist Voices podcast episodes from the North American Order Convention for 2014. A lovely interview with Dayamati, Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico and far-flung Order member! Hailing these days from Albuquerque we hear how he stays in touch with his inspiration in the Order when the nearest Triratna Buddhist Center is 1000 miles away. We also revisit his book, ‘Land Of No Buddha’ and get...
Triratna Highlights
Triratna Highlights

Triratna America - A Life In Lubec (eBook)

Triratna America - A Life In Lubec (eBook)

By viriyalila on Sun, 23 Jun, 2013 - 19:03Our last post in Triratna America is, appropriately enough, something personal about living a life of practice in the US, in this case the remote reaches of Maine on the eastern seaboard…

Viriyalila, with her photography, and Gunopeta, with his poetry, have joined creative forces to evoke the simple life practicing Buddhism in a remote region of America.

Gunopeta has been living in Lubec, Maine with his partner, Nancy Nielsen, for over thirty years. Lubec...
Triratna Highlights
Triratna Highlights

Triratna America - Dharmasuri, Chair Nagaloka Buddhist Center, Portland, ME (skype interview)

By viriyalila on Sat, 22 Jun, 2013 - 14:24
Dharmasuri, Chair of Nagaloka Buddhist Center in Portland, ME, has been an inspirational force since the very early days of Triratna activities there. From renting a room from a counseling group in the mid ’90s to now being situated in a fantastic multi-use building in the downtown arts district they have a full program, a growing sangha, and strong community ties.

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Triratna Highlights
Triratna Highlights

Triratna America - Khanti Prison Outreach Discussion

By Rijupatha on Sat, 22 Jun, 2013 - 13:44
A strong and personal interview on the Khanti Prison Outreach program, with organizer Bodhana and rich commentary from former inmates Jim Mosonyi and Bob Montgomery.

We get a unique look into how this program was sparked from simple beginnings and has become a vital way in to the Dharma and a better life for many men eager to pursue personal change after experiencing the difficulty of incarceration.

Bob and Jim offer their own moving accounts and unique perspectives...
Triratna Highlights
Triratna Highlights

Triratna America - Dayalocana, Chair of Aryaloka Buddhist Center

By viriyalila on Fri, 21 Jun, 2013 - 20:50
Dayalocana and I have been good friends for over 15 years. Here we are in Crackskull’s Cafe, in downtown Newmarket NH, having a conversation about what it has been like practicing at Aryaloka Buddhist Center for over 24 years. Starting out as the first volunteer at Aryaloka, taking responsibility, the growing Sangha, meaningful work and engaging playfully with practice…

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Triratna Highlights
Triratna Highlights

Triratna America - Dayamudra: Jai Bhim International

By Candradasa on Thu, 20 Jun, 2013 - 20:25
Dayamudra runs Jai Bhim International out of San Francisco, working with Dalit communities in India to escape the stigma of caste through education. This is a great interview where her natural passion for a cause that’s dear to her heart really shines through. An excellent introduction to the injustices of ‘untouchability’ in India and to how to move beyond it. Practically inspiring words from an inspired lady!

Jai Bhim’s website: http://jaibhiminternational.org

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